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Gulf of Panama; Bona, Taboga & Panama Canal

After covering 180 nautical miles from Coiba Island National Park, we reached the Gulf of Panama. By midnight at Punta Mala, north-eastern trade winds picked up in speed to 25 knots and kept some of us awake for a couple of hours. Nonetheless, in spite of the wind factor, National Geographic Sea Lion continued persistently sailing into the waters of the Panama Canal area. Around 22 miles from the Panama Canal, our Captain David Sinclair found a great protected location and proceeded to drop anchor on the southern lee of Bona Island. During this time, our local naturalist from Panama, Jose Perez provided a great presentation about the local ethnic groups and general culture of Panama. Read More>

Feb 11, 2016 National Geographic Sea Lion in Costa Rica & Panama

Rancheria and Granito de Oro Island, Coiba National Park

Our trip begin with a great sunrise and good coffee! We were ready to explore Panama! Coiba for a lot of years was one of the most remote prisons on the country, this is probably a reason why the forest is so well preserved. Read More>

Feb 10, 2016 National Geographic Sea Lion in Costa Rica & Panama

Golfo Dulce: Casa Orquideas and Rio Tigre Mangroves

Waking up in the calm waters of Golfo Dulce was an introduction to the beautiful morning that was about to start. Before the sun started warming up, we headed out towards Casa Orquideas. Read More>

Feb 9, 2016 National Geographic Sea Lion in Costa Rica & Panama

Osa Peninsula: Caletas reserve & Corcovado National Park

What a day at Osa Peninsula! The most biodiverse place on the planet nobody left disappointed with nature everywhere: birds, lizards, mammals all in an amazing rain forest.  The second full day of our journey was a great experience. In the morning we enjoyed hiking in various ways, for those preferring a slower pace, we offered a “flat” nature walk, a wonderful way to spend part of the morning with our naturalist and enjoy the rain forest. Read More>

Feb 8, 2016 National Geographic Sea Lion in Costa Rica & Panama

Manuel Antonio National Park and Osa Peninsula

The first morning of the voyage truly displayed the beauty of the “rich coast” of Costa Rica. National Geographic Sea Lion approached our landing spot at Manuel Antonio National Park as the sun was rising. This protected area on the Central Pacific of Costa Rica was created thankfully to the vision of government authorities along with the local community of Quepos back in 1972. Early risers explored the decks while some joined in yoga exercises before breakfast was served. Read More>

Feb 7, 2016 National Geographic Sea Lion in Costa Rica & Panama

Manuel Antonio National Park & Biesanz beach

Today we started our morning with high expectations to see wildlife as we were arrived to the second most popular protected area of Costa Rica: Manuel Antonio National Park. An amazing amount of sediments that were accumulated on that area created Tombolo, an amazing beach that connects the mainland with a former island, Punta Catedral. Read More>

Feb 5, 2016 National Geographic Sea Lion in Costa Rica & Panama

Osa Peninsula and Corcovado National Park

Early in the morning, National Geographic Sea Lion started anchoring in front of an incredible green tropical rain forest: the Osa Peninsula. From the ship, we not only admired the famous Corcovado National Park but also got all our gear ready to enjoy this incredible destination. Our expedition landing craft drivers mastered a challenging landing in the pristine beach of Playa Caletas so that the first group could depart for a horseback riding adventure. Read More>

Feb 4, 2016 National Geographic Sea Lion in Costa Rica & Panama

Golfo Dulce, Rio Tigre and Casa Orquideas

New day, new country! Last night we entered Costa Rica from Panama, and dawn found National Geographic Sea Lion already attached to the rusty dock of the lethargic little town of Golfito (meaning in Spanish, “little bay”) for the immigration paperwork (all done, behind scenes by Cassidy, our super-efficient purser. Read More>

Feb 3, 2016 National Geographic Sea Lion in Costa Rica & Panama

Coiba Island National Park, Rancheria & Granito de Oro Islands

After covering 110 miles from Punta Mala on the southeastern end of the Azuero Peninsula, we reached perfect sailing conditions for our arrival to Coiba Island National park. A sky painted with orange hues on the horizon inspired many of our guests as we were heading at 6:45 a.m. to explore Rancheria or Coibita Island - our reward was to search unique birdlife on this Pacific ecosystem. A pristine beach kissing the forest flora was awaiting us with a fanfare of chirps performed by exotic birds. Read More>

Feb 2, 2016 National Geographic Sea Lion in Costa Rica & Panama

Isla Iguana & Peninsula de Azuero; Gulf of Panama

It was another peaceful sunrise without a cloud in the sky. The day began with my morning yoga class on the sundeck. After traveling 80 nautical miles during the night and into early morning, we arrived at the beautiful Isla Iguana. This island is mainly accessible during high tide and we hit it perfectly this morning. Iguana Island is an important reserve for iguanas, bird life, coral reefs and forest; covering 15 hectares, it contains 13 of the 20 eastern Pacific coral species, and hosts over 200 species of fish. We dropped anchor, enjoyed breakfast and then disembarked National Geographic Sea Lion to spend the morning exploring the island. Read More>

Feb 1, 2016 National Geographic Sea Lion in Costa Rica & Panama

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